(Updated: 8/31/2023) — Flatrock Motorsports Park and Motorclub, the latest addition to Tennessee’s racing circuit, is revving up to become a global hub for motorsports. With its eyes set on hosting future IndyCar and MotoGP events, the park is breaking ground with an anticipated opening in 2023.
Situated just off I-40, a mere 30 miles west of Knoxville, the park sprawls across a 773-acre site. It will feature a 3.50-mile Circuit Club track and a 2.67-mile Grand Prix track, which can be combined to form a nearly six-mile Endurance circuit.
But Flatrock is more than just a race circuit. The $100 million project is also set to become a hotspot for entertainment, appealing to both racing enthusiasts and those who prefer to stay off the track.
Rusty Bittle, partner and president of Flatrock, shared his vision with us: “We’re not just building a race circuit; we’re creating a world-class motorsports destination. We’re doing something unique in the motorsports industry, and we believe it will set us apart.”
Flatrock’s ambitious plan includes amenities like hotels, villas, a winery, a brewery, and restaurants. It aims to be a destination where families and friends can enjoy a good time, even if they’re not interested in hitting the track.
“We’re in talks with several sanctioning bodies and are planning to host events in 2023. We’re also looking forward to a major event in 2024,” Bittle added.
The club track is expected to be operational early next year, with other amenities rolling out over time. The grand prix track is slated for a 2024 opening.
While there are currently no plans to make the venue F1-ready, Bittle believes that the overall standard of the venue could make such a development feasible in the future.
With the ground-breaking ceremony coinciding with the record-breaking United States Grand Prix at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas, the timing couldn’t be better for Flatrock to capitalize on the booming interest in racing in America.
Website: Flatrock Motorsports Park
ABOUT HERMANN TILKE
Tilke Engineers & Architects” established in 1983, is recognized as the world’s leading designer for race tracks and test facilities
Hermann Tilke is a German engineer, racing driver, and circuit designer. He is the founder of Tilke Engineers & Architects, a company that designs and builds racetracks around the world. Tilke has designed over 80 racetracks, including 30 Formula One circuits. He is one of four designers recognized by the FIA, and has been the only one commissioned to design Formula One tracks since 2000.